Rookies typically have inconsistent performances on a weekly basis, but Smith had been consistently good this season until Sunday.
On Sunday, he threw for 289 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and lost two fumbles. The two interceptions were bad throws by Smith to receivers who were covered tightly in the secondary.
This poor outing is viewed as a ‘rookie’ day because he made some mistakes that many rookie quarterbacks make during their first season in the NFL.
It was not all Smith’s fault, though, because the offensive line played terribly.
The offensive line allowed Smith to be sacked by the Titans’ defense five times and hit numerous other times. It is tough for a quarterback to find open receivers when he is under pressure by the opposing defense.
Smith has shown that he deserved to win the starting job over veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez. Now Smith needs to continue to develop so he can be a consistently good performer.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg need to continue to work Smith in practices so he continue to make strides in his development. Ryan and Mornhinweg should have the first-team defense show Smith different defensive packages.
This will allow Smith to be able to better recognize different defensive packages that opposing defenses will show him on a weekly basis. This game is a bump in the road for Smith, but he should be able to make strides toward being a franchise quarterback for the Jets.